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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • Kids deserve three meals a day [Commentary]

    Kids deserve three meals a day [Commentary]
    When school let out for the summer, most of the children in Baltimore who qualify for free and reduced price meals — 84 percent — lost access to the three meals a day they count on during the school year. Struggling families and children...
  • Study: Pesticide used on 'bee-friendly' plants may hurt bees

    Study: Pesticide used on 'bee-friendly' plants may hurt bees
    Many plants being marketed in nurseries and garden centers as beneficial to bees have been treated with an insecticide some scientists believe to be harmful to bee colonies, according to a study made public Wednesday by an environmental group. The study...
  • Retailers Selling 'Bee-Friendly' Plants Containing Bee Toxic Pesticides, Report Says

    Retailers Selling 'Bee-Friendly' Plants Containing Bee Toxic Pesticides, Report Says
    HARTFORD - Big box stores and major garden centers across the U.S. and Canada have been selling consumers plants labeled "bee-friendly" that have actually been treated with pesticides known to be toxic for bees, according to a report released Wednesday....
  • Food companies back group fighting nutrition standards on Capitol Hill

    WASHINGTON A special interest group representing school nutritionists and backed financially by big food companies including six from Minnesota is pushing legislation that would allow school districts to bypass new lunch rules restricting sodium and...
  • Fruit and vegetable prices going up as California drought continues

    Fruit and vegetable prices going up as California drought continues
    Fresh fruits and vegetable prices will go up an estimated 6%  in the coming months, the federal government said Wednesday, as California’s ongoing drought continues to hit price tags in grocery stores across the country.   "You’re probably...
  • The lowly potato has friends in high places

    PHILADELPHIA Born in the dirt, the humble white potato has lately been elevated to the main dish in a rollicking debate that is blurring the lines between politics and science. Congress is pushing hard to get the spuds included in the 40-year-old WIC...
  • Letter: Resist a lawn to resist the drought

    Re: “The grass doesn’t need to be greener,” Mailbag, June 11. Roberta Medford hit the nail on the head in her letter. We need to focus on the real culprit— the lawn — not just the symptoms (mowing, leaf blowers, pesticides,...
  • Navy veteran finds her calling on a farm

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. Farming wasn't Vonita Murray's first choice, but after making a drastic career change, the 38-year-old Navy veteran, former office manager and longtime fitness enthusiast now believes digging in the dirt, growing food and being her...
  • Tree-killing bug invades Southern California, with no answer in sight

    Tree-killing bug invades Southern California, with no answer in sight
    Akif Eskalen steps through the dense, damp leaves in a wooded neighborhood, scrutinizing the branches around him. He's looking for evidence of an attack: tiny wounds piercing the bark and sap dried around them like bloodstains. The victims are box...
  • Southland gets a leg up on aerospace, advanced manufacturing grants

    The Southern California region received a federal designation this week intended to funnel money into its aerospace and advanced manufacturing industry. The designation gives the region the first crack at $1.3 billion in federal grants. Though the...
  • Lobby fights to include potatoes in WIC program

    Born in the dirt, the humble white potato has lately been elevated to the main dish in a rollicking debate that is blurring the lines between politics and science. Congress is pushing hard to get the spuds included in the 40-year-old WIC program,...